Monaco Cathedral's New Organ

After two years of reconstruction work, the Cathedral's organ is about to sing again!
Monaco Cathedral's organ will be heard for the first time on the occasion of the 2011 National Festival.

The new organ has been rebuilt by the Belgian factory Thomas and is an exceptionally valuable instrument, both musically and architecturally.

It is both classical (the new project was inspired by French classical organs) and resolutely contemporary.

It weighs a total of 35 tonnes, and apparently three-and-a-half trailer truck loads were required to move it back to its home.

The Thomas factory wanted to use the finest materials for its reconstruction (oak for the front, leather nuts for the mechanics, maple for the console and pine from the Vosges for the bellows.)

The blessing ceremony for the organ will be attended by Monsignor Barsi, Archbishop of Monaco, on 8 December 2011, the closing day of the events for the centenary of the consecration of Monaco Cathedral and the day of the Immaculate Conception.

An inaugural concert will be held on 11 December at 4 pm.